I realize it has been a while since I have been here. Truth is, I have too many blogs and publications going to keep up with!
Health wise, I was in the hospital shorly after New Years with chest pain, which began to shoot down my left arm. The initial EKG in the ER showed a mild heart attack had occurred “in the past” but during my three day stay in the hospital, no signs an occurring attack were present. I am still due to visit the Cardiologist for further investigation, as I have had more light episodes of the same pain.
The neuropathy has improved a great deal, but there are still days when I have episodes of intensity.
I completed my first year evaluation in the Virxsys study, and at my last visit to the infectous desease specialist, my numbers were OK, but the viral load was creeping up a bit. We are watching it closely, and I am back on the quarterly watch.
I have had two episodes of upper respiratory infections, one currently clearing up as I write. I still battle the irritable bowel thing, most likely due to all the meds I am on.
Speaking of meds – the biggest problem I have now is with the new adventure of trying to maintain a somewhat regular schedule, including trying to apply for entrance into college. In keeping up a routine schedue and being a bit more active, I am finding it hard to stay on the RX protocol. In fact, I have missed more meds than ever because I am either distracted by the activities of the day, or simply forget. It is nearly impossible to stay on Ten prescriptions and keep a regular life like the normal joe. This is dibilitating in itself, because the meds are what helps sustain my life. I with the courts and SSD would consider this in their judgements for folk who battle serious ilnesses.
Back to the Holy Fire – a study in Ephesians
“The First Commandment with Promise”
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”Honor your father and mother”–this is the first commandment with a promise: “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
In addition, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:1-4
When I think of this passage in terms of relevance for society today, I think of the millions of fatherless children, and those that are in abusive situations. In America alone, over 44 percent of children live in a home that is totally without the influence and support of a loving father. Mothers must be mom and dad, homemaker and provider. It is not an easy task. In Africa, many children left without both parents due to AIDS or other epidemics and the tribal and political violence that murder hundreds of thousands in war. Orphans are lefts to salvage trash for meals, and sleep in the defenseless cold nights.
I would have a hard time telling any of them the advice that St. Paul is giving to children in the opening of this passage, without first attaching the responsibility of the adults that he goes on to give in the balance. The key phrase for me here is this: “do not provoke your children to anger…” The King James is more direct here because it connects the word “wrath” to the indignation of the Almighty. In other words, parents, be good parents. Adults of this world, lets fix the root causes of unhappy unions and homes. Let us fix the immigration problems by fixing the economic conditions of the third world countries that live in poverty, and raise families out of their distress. Adults, let us learn how the heavenly Father loves us, so that we in turn can love those He has entrusted to us. Let us pay attention to two things, Paul says, instruction of the Lord (wisdom) and the discipline of the Lord (self-love and ethics). We can pay attention to these things as adults by developing them first in our lives, and then living them out for the younger ones to see and imitate.
It is then that respect will be developed. I was always taught as a child that if I wanted to be respected, I needed to act respectful. What I wanted most I needed to give to others first. To honor a mother and father (with promise) presupposes in the Hebrew mind that the mother and father are honorable. That they live out the ethics and values God has given them, and that they honorably pass those along to their progeny. Children will have no trouble respecting these kinds of parents, and certainly will find truth in the promise of long life.